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How Do You Treat The Person Who’s Always There?

I do not exist. At least, that’s how I feel most days. My older kids have entered this fun, new stage where their ears have become deaf to the sound of my voice. It’s as though my words are nothing but the wind. I could scream that the house was on fire and they’d still […]

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What You, Jesus, and Nazi Germany All Have In Common

When I was a student, I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Eva Kor, an Auschwitz survivor whose life became the hit Netflix documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele. (If you haven’t seen it, you should—it’s amazing.) When Eva was a young girl, her family was sent to Auschwitz. And, as a twin, Eva endured the infamously […]

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Writer Highlight: Laurie Germaine

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know author Laurie Germaine. Not only is this Montana-dweller a talented writer, she’s also a loving wife, a wonderful mom, and an overall incredible woman of God. The writing on her blog is honest and beautiful, and her fiction is downright hilarious. Her […]

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Where Do You Find Rest?

Two weeks ago, my son entered the world. It took a lot of work to get him here, including 20 hours of labor, an emergency c-section, and a ton of healing. When the doctor pulled him from my womb, it was clear my baby had been through the wringer. His forehead protruded outward over his […]

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I Got It

My two-year-old recently realized she can do lots of things for herself. It may take her forever and a day, but by golly, she’s going to do it. “I got it.” Her gaze never waivers from the task at her tiny hands. Buttoning her shirt? She’s got it. Putting her socks and shoes on? She’s […]

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When You’re Most Like You

I’m convinced my daughters are lizards. Chameleons, to be exact. They—along with all other kids their age—have an uncanny ability to transform into anyone they’ve been near. My kids see everything that other kids do, then they want to do everything other kids do. And it is disturbing to watch your own flesh-and-blood become someone else. […]

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Sick Kids Are the Worst

Sick kids are the worst. They either calm down and curl up, breaking your heart to pieces, or they suddenly hate everything in the world. You along with it. My youngest is the hate-everything-in-the-world type. The kind who won’t sleep, won’t eat, but will shout her head off. Constantly. And she’s been sick for the […]

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It Takes a Village

It’s true what they say: It takes a village to raise a manuscript. Okay, no one actually says that, but it’s true nonetheless. Over the last year, I have poured countless hours (and cups of coffee) into Capacity, the first installment of my dystopian trilogy. It’s my baby, and I try my darndest to take good […]

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When Do You Rest?

“Is nap time over now?” my daughter asks for the fifteenth time in the same amount of minutes. “No, Marie. Go back to your room.” Casually (and oh-so-conveniently), she wanders through the play area on her way back to her room. “Can I take this car with me to my room?” “Having another toy in your room won’t […]

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What Is a Beta Reader?

You guys! You may not believe me, but I have some pretty big news: I recently wrote the last sentence in my novel, Capacity. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve spent an entire year squeaking this story out, squeezing it into the early hours of my mornings or holding office hours at a local […]

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